Odango Hair

From the top: Usagi, Tenten, Fumika.

A particular hairstyle common to anime and manga heroines (particularly Chinese ones, although in China the style is called "ox horn") that involves styling one's hair into two spherical buns worn at about 45 degree angles on the side of the head. This can make them look similar to Mickey Mouse ears depending on how simplified they're drawn. The buns themselves are often given cloth covers tied with ribbons. The traditional definition of Odango as used by The Other Wiki only counts them if they have twin tails coming down from the buns, but we have broadened the definition to allow the style without the tails.

There is also a less common variation of this style where the buns themselves have a triangular (or conical) shape, which can make someone look like a Cat Girl at first sight.

The style has spread into the real world among fans of the aforementioned heroines. Naoko Takeuchi, creator of Sailor Moon, famously wore odango.

If the Character isn't Chinese, expect them to be the really innocent, polite type, while the style with Twin Tails are mostly worn by Tsundere.

The style is named after the odango, a sweet dumpling eaten on a skewer as a Japanese snack, traditionally served at hanami (cherry blossom and flower viewing festivals.) Compare Horned Hairdo and Prim and Proper Bun.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Strips 
  • Agent327: Olga Lawina has a hairstyle comparable to Princess Leia from Star Wars.

    Films — Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games:
    • While Sour Sweet appears to put her hair in ponytail most of the time, she goes for this hair style during the archery contest and in the toyline, probably to keep hair out of her face.
    • The unnamed Wondercolts marching band drum major also has this hairstyle, as seen during the "CHS Rally Song" preview.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Uma Thurman wears her hair in these as Poison Ivy in the infamous Batman & Robin
  • Star Wars:
    • Princess Leia wears her hair in double buns for most of the first movie, though they are noticeably larger than is normal for this style, almost covering the entire side of her head, including her ears.
    • Leia's mother, Padme, wears her hair in the smaller buns that are more traditional for this style during her first scene in Revenge of the Sith, which is actually the scene when she reveals that she is pregnant with Leia and Luke.
  • Leia's iconic double buns are one of the many elements of Star Wars that is spoofed in Spaceballs when the Leia expy appears to be wearing her hair in buns that are even larger than Leia's during an early scene, only to reveal that they're actually a pair of ridiculously oversized headphones that happen to be the exact same color as her actual hair.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Kaylee (Jewel Staite) of Firefly and Serenity wears her hair in this fashion on occasion. And of course, it's adorable.
  • The Australian comedy series The Late Show didn't miss their opportunity to spoof this style in "The Olden Days" (a Gag Dub of the TV series "Rush").
    Judge Muttonchops: Excuse me, has anyone seen those two bread rolls I was saving?
    Lady With Hairbuns Over Her Ears: I'm sorry, I can't hear a word you're saying.
  • Jen from Power Rangers Time Force has her hair done like this when she is acting out a Wuxia film in one episode.

  • Björk in the music video of Big Time Sensuality (from Debut).
  • One of the backup dancers in the hallway sequence of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time."
  • Mel B / Scary Spice from the Spice Girls sported a variant of the hair style with her hair down during the band's peak of popularity.



    Video Games 
  • Chun-Li from the Street Fighter series is probably the quintessential fighting game example.
  • Mei Fang from Arcana Heart.
  • Fitz from Atelier Annie.
  • The Legend of Zelda
    • The oracle Farore. Also the only Oracle to wear her hair in a different style than her corresponding golden goddess. (The goddess Farore is usually depicted with short-cut hair, wearing flowers where the oracle has her Odangos.)
    • Tetra's infamous curl could be seen as a form of Odango as well. (Due to the highly stylized nature of the game's art, it's hard to tell.)
  • Eudy in Yggdra Union.
  • In The King of Fighters 2000, Athena has this hairstyle.
  • The Sims 2 has this among its starter hairstyles, which include one or two less Asian-looking ones.
  • King's Quest: Princess Rosella wears this look on her wedding in the Fan Sequel The Silver Lining.
  • In Final Fantasy V, Lenna wears her hair in this style while using the Monk class.
  • Argilla from Digital Devil Saga wears this hairstyle.
  • As does Black Whirlwind from Jade Empire. However, he is rather unlike the others on this list, in several respects.
  • The Twin Tail style is a choice for custom characters in Mortal Kombat Armageddon. It's clearly inspired by Sailor Moon; the style is called "Anime" in game.
  • Pokémon
    • Fantina from Pokemon Diamond And Pearl has four of them.
    • Rosa, the female protagonist from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
    • There's also the rabbit-based pokemon Buneary, whose name is derived from its habit of curling its ear into the shape of a bun on the side of its head. When it has both ears curled, it has the appearance of a girl wearing her hair in this style. Oddly, even the males of the species do this.
  • Triss Merigold adopts this hair style in The Witcher 2.
  • Character Customization options in 'Terraria'' involves two Odango hairstyles (one of them being Princess Leia's), as of the 1.3 update the Stylist can also give your character a hairstyle like Chibiusa's (thought interestingly not Usagi's hairstyle) for a total of 3.

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Alternative Title(s): Ox Horn Hair, Odango, Meatball Head